Water from Loveland Pass spring box could cause illness | SummitDaily.com

Water from Loveland Pass spring box could cause illness

SUMMIT COUNTY – Bacteria has been found in water from the spring box on Loveland Pass (milemarker 218), along Highway 6 between Keystone and Arapahoe Basin, according to a press release from Summit County government.

Symptoms of illness include diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain, but they could be more serious for certain individuals. A sign is to be posted at the spring to inform people of the potential health hazard.

This is the first time contamination has been detected in the spring since the county Environmental Health Department began monitoring it in 1997. The type of bacteria found in the spring is similar to that found surface water such as rivers and lakes.

County environmental health officials investigated the source of contamination and “observed that erosion and weathering have deteriorated the condition of the spring’s collection system,” allowing surface contaminants to enter, according to the press release.

The county recommends that anyone using the spring water treat it similar to treatment of creek water. Filtering, boiling or disinfecting are useful methods, and details on techniques can be found at http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/content/water-treatment.aspx.

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